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Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah ValdezPisgah Valdez

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 183
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 12-02-2007)
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-01-2013 07:29:02 | More by popery
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-28-2013 05:38:06 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2013 01:14:17 | More by djrn2
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-11-2013 13:56:47 | More by KevinGordon
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Thur123

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2013 07:01:03 | More by Thur123
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

"Adhering to the strict philosophy of the Pisgah brewers, this mouth watering coffee stout is brewed just miles downstream from America's most beautiful watershed. Brewed with coffee beans from asheville Coffee Roasters, and weighing in at a respectable 6.8% abv, the aroma of fresh coffee leaps from the glass, and finishes slightly dry. Treat yourself to the finest coffee stout this season, Unfiltered for your enjoyment. Respect tradition. Love beer. Treat Yourself!"

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a silk foamy brown tone head with a slightly above average retention. Body is a dark brown with red highlights. Sediment heavy on the bottom, light flecks don't quite settle. Decent head quality, a little crisp and doesn't last long and lacing is thin. A decent appearance but worthy of much more. 3.25

(Smell) I am slightly put off by the aroma, perhaps by its dryness or the acid presence which makes a big part of the aroma. Bitter coffee bean notes forward and a chalky chocolate chip cookie. Earthy hop presence in places. Mild tones of char beyond a generally clean aroma. Relatively light on the nose, with a lesser balance towards sweetness and a bigger emphasis on bitterness and tart black coffee, light on the creamy notes. Most interesting is a doughy dry yeast aroma with some slight notes of tart fruit. The coffee notes are in decent balance with the other aromas in this beer, as there seems plenty of substance to be had. Potency is medium-high. 3.5

(Taste) Most interesting. Front has a fruity juice tartness, followed through with roasty chocolate notes. Mild black mocha coffee finish and a hint of char. Very heavy emphasis on fruit, quite interesting and a bit unusual for my expectations of a coffee stout, but not an unwelcome variation. The balance is actually quite decent and dryness isn't overwhelming. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Oily slickness with a mild creaminess on the finish. Tartness in the body is really a confusion to the appropriate texture, slickness and creaminess is probably the best bet nonetheless. Body is just shy of medium for an Imperial Stout, medium/high amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is largely concealed. 3.75

(Overall) My thought is that this beer is a bit older than anticipated and that the yeast have had some fun transforming the beer. It wasn't a terrible transformation, just a much fruitier beer than I had anticipated with a bit less coffee and roasty flavors than I had desired. I hope to get a really fresh batch of this beer in the near future so that I can confirm these suspicions, as this beer currently seems unfocused, and perhaps misguided, at the worst. 3.25

Pisgah Brewing Company's
Valdez
3.46/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:39:59 | More by Jadjunk
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CJS

Florida

1.4/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A Looks like a average brew. Creamy head that sticks to the glass.

S Smells stoutish with much roasted coffee aroma.

T Extremely bitter and over carbonated. Most coffee I've ever had in a beer. Raw chocolate undertone with slight creaminess. And a tart sour finish that just doesn't belong.

M Too bitter to really enjoy.

O I would almost think it is infected from the sourness, but their is still a balanced flavor setting in this off flavored cocktail. Could not finish a glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 03:23:19 | More by CJS
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 20:36:03 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-10-2013 18:22:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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boonejag75

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2013 03:46:19 | More by boonejag75
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-08-2013 01:13:04 | More by Mantooth
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dirtylou

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed a few times in the past 2 weeks, both on-tap and bottled

Classification as a Double Stout is quite misleading. The bottled version is over-carbonated and may be confused as *gasp* infected. It just isn't right - fruity and tangy with a metallic finish. On-draft, its an iced coffee overload and is really a nice beer. Unfortunately, the most recent bottling doesn't translate and I was really quite embarrassed to open this for people not familiar with Pisgah.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 07:04:06 | More by dirtylou
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2009 (discovered today in my cellar)

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a massive, creamy tan head that coats the pint glass with a sheet of lace

Smell: Coffee, coffee and coffee....with sugar; smells like a Cuban coffee

Taste: Cuban coffee with chocolate underneath; the sweeter aspects grow in the middle, with chocolate building in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with creamy carbonation

Overall: While it is a bit too sweet for my palate, that may be a function of age, with the hops falling by the wayside; other than that, the beer has held up pretty well over the past four years

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:17:40 | More by brentk56
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2012 00:24:04 | More by Falcone
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bgramels

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-22-2012 18:27:30 | More by bgramels
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-08-2012 22:08:44 | More by t0rin0
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-29-2012 13:03:55 | More by AngusOg
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.0 this beer has a very light translucence and a deep dark hue
S: 4.5 has an amazing aroma of dark chocolate and cinnamon
T: 4.0 surprisingly hopper than I expected. Very bitter on the end.
MF: 3.0 kind of flat for my taste overall, the body is not as deep as I expected.
O: 3.5 I could have one of these as an ender in an evening but would definitely crash your pallet if an opener. Great smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 21:08:10 | More by brewdude1982
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-23-2012 02:24:57 | More by freduardo
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SFTBLMOSS2

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-21-2012 15:26:56 | More by SFTBLMOSS2
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thin brown head that has decent retention

S - coffee and roasted malts

T - also simply coffee and roasted malts

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium to full bodied

At first I was a bit disappointed that this was one-dimensional. Honestly, the one dimension is flavorful and enjoyable so I'm not mad about it. This is a nice coffee stout that you can enjoy on your own or share. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:16:23 | More by tdm168
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plaid75

New York

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a deep black hue with a wisp of off white foam.

The smell featured a pure full blown coffee grounds.

The taste consisted of a strong bitter black coffee with elements of charcoal.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

If you like coffee you'll enjoy this beer. A bit thin on the mouthfeel however.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 20:56:45 | More by plaid75
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

10-28-2012 20:24:01 | More by acurtis
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afksports

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee blammo WOW in the nose right off the bat. Amazing aroma. Absolutely perfect for a coffee stout. Roasted dark coffee, the stout has medium body, lacy appearance, and a clean finish. The taste doesn't match the aroma, unfortunately, as it can't match the coffee bitterness and sweetness, and the water sticks out just a little. That said, it's incredible to smell, and that factor alone keeps you coming back.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 17:46:14 | More by afksports
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Hacksaw34

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.2%

10-26-2012 03:55:45 | More by Hacksaw34
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.